The initial intention behind the Les Cabinotiers Dual Moon Grand Complication watch was to pay an original tribute to the Moon. Often relegated to the background, the moon display is now very much in the forefront on this model, asserting its striking presence both by its colour code and by its size.
With its time-related and astronomical complications regulated by a tourbillon and completed by a minute repeater, the manual-winding 2755 TMRCCQP calibre powering this watch is a masterpiece of complexity with its 774 components. Representing one of watchmaking’s most sophisticated grand complications, this white gold single-piece edition displays its indications in a perfectly legible manner. Stemming from an aesthetic quest dedicating elegance and purity of style to the service of technical sophistication, this timepiece is notably distinguished by the Maison’s characteristic retrograde function.
The architecture of the dial on the reverse side also reflects a desire to create an astronomical watch with a display of sidereal time and constellations against a celestial backdrop. This timepiece paying homage to the Moon naturally had to integrate the notion of sidereal time – also known as “sidereal hour angle” – enabling astronomers to calculate the meridian of the stars. Using a fixed star in the sky as a reference point, the time it takes the Earth to complete a full 360° revolution – or sidereal day – is exactly 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds. As the Earth both spins on its axis and revolves around the sun, it takes about four minutes to return to its starting point in relation to the given star.
A single-piece edition created by Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers department, this double-sided Dual Moon Grand Complication watch with its 11 time-related and astronomical complications regulated by a tourbillon and enhanced by a minute repeater radiates a rare degree of elegance. The latter is expressed through the perfect legibility of the functions as well as the meticulous care devoted to the details of the decoration and finishing. The result is an understated and complex watch endowed with self-evident functions. The front thus features the precision double moon-phase display, with its age, an impressive show staged in the dial centre and complemented by the hours, minutes and perpetual calendar indicators. The latter is notably distinguished by its retrograde date, a Vacheron Constantin technical and aesthetic signature. Astronomical indications appear on the reverse side of the watch with the time of the sidereal day – which is four minutes shorter than the civil day – and with a sky chart showing the position of the constellations in real time. The back of the watch also features an opening revealing the tourbillon and its Maltese cross-shaped carriage. Incorporating a minute repeater chiming the hours, quarters and minutes on demand, the model is powered by Calibre 2755 TMRCC QP, whose base movement represents one of the brand’s major developments.
About Vacheron Constantin
Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous production for nearly 270 years, faithfully perpetuating a proud heritage of watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication through generations of master craftsmen.
At the pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie and understated elegance, the Maison creates timepieces with unique technical and aesthetic signatures, and an extremely high level of finishing touches.
Vacheron Constantin brings to life unparalleled heritage and a spirit of innovation through its collections: Patrimony, Traditionnelle, Métiers d’Art, Overseas, Fiftysix, Historiques and Égérie. It also offers its discerning clientele of connoisseurs the rare opportunity to acquire vintage pieces within the Les Collectionneurs assortment, as well as unique and bespoke timepieces by means of its Les Cabinotiers department.
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